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FIFA STREET: Here’s why we shouldn’t write-off a remake just yet

A full game may not be on the cards... but a game mode seems far more feasible

It’s been more than five years since a FIFA Street game came along – and for many fans, that’s far too long.

Although FIFA 18 gave a nod to the acclaimed series at the start of The Journey: Hunter Returns – it was underdeveloped and felt bolted on.

But is that as good as we’re going to get? Or, just as EA Sports did with Career Mode last year, will we see the cult football series return revamped?

The opening section of Hunter Returns sees you take on kids in a game of street football in Brazil

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The opening section of Hunter Returns sees you take on kids in a game of street football in Brazil

For those unfamiliar with FIFA Street, it championed winning with style.

Matches were fast-paced five-a-side affairs, where pulling off incredible tricks and demonstrating flair was just as important as victory.

However, EA has channelled focus in the ‘full fat’ games of late – meaning Street has fallen by the wayside.

Still, that hasn’t stopped demand for a new entry reaching fever pitch. Hundreds of fans have even flocked to Reddit, demanding that EA releases a new game.

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You could play as Messi in the 2012 version of the game – which ditched cartoon graphics for more realistic players

Although nothing has been confirmed, there have been a few interesting developments.

Last year a keen-eyed gamer spotted the FIFA Street servers had been reactivated – sparking rumours a return was imminent.

He wrote: “Was playing a bit of offline for nostalgia and noticed I connected to the EA servers. Went on the Xbox live part and sure enough it worked!!”

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Winning was as much about style as it was about goals – fans will hope it returns for FIFA 18

There’s also the possibility that EA could add a ‘Street’ mode as an add-on, if not for FIFA 19 then for future games in the series.

After all – graphics have pretty much hit a glass ceiling for the time being, so EA will be looking for new features to keep each iteration feeling fresh.

In theory, a Street ‘mode’ would be incredibly easy to implement.

Simply create a few more smaller stadiums, add a new option on the menu then allocate a certain amount of server power to the lobbies.

Or, just keep it local, harking back to the golden age of multiplayer gaming.

We all want a new FIFA Street

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We all want a new FIFA Street

From a business perspective, a Street ‘mode’ would perhaps make the most sense – taking pressure off the title to sell on its own, instead allowing it to piggyback off FIFA 19’s imminent gargantuan sales curve.

Gamers could design and create their own kits, challenge others in an online FIFA Street Ultimate Team… the possibilities are endless.

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The 2012 version of FIFA Street was easily the most refined

As per the section in Hunter Returns, EA clearly has the tech and know-how to make this happen.

We’re convinced that gameplay segment was a testing bed to assess both feasibility of production as well as appetite for more of the same.

Both tests were passed with flying colours.

Let’s make it happen, EA.